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Question: I have read the Part B News story about service animals in the practice (PBN 4/9/18). Since that story was published, I have seen a lot of coverage of “emotional support” animals... More
Recent changes mandated by Congress and CMS that boost the status of physician assistants (PA) — or physician associates, as some groups prefer — is another sign that the providers formerl... More
When the AMA replaced 10 temporary category III codes with 14 permanent category I codes in 2019, providers generally — but not always — boosted their reporting of the replacement codes.... More
Question: I have read the Part B News story about service animals in the practice (PBN 4/9/18). Since that story was published, I have seen a lot of coverage of “emotional support” animals... More
Recent changes mandated by Congress and CMS that boost the status of physician assistants (PA) — or physician associates, as some groups prefer — is another sign that the providers formerl... More
When the AMA replaced 10 temporary category III codes with 14 permanent category I codes in 2019, providers generally — but not always — boosted their reporting of the replacement codes.... More
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On Jan. 4, 2021, CMS updated the Part B conversion factor to $34.89, an increase of 8% over the previously finalized rate. The agency also revised total relative value units (RVU) for hundreds of services. Find the latest fees here.
Through the array of charts and data contained in this special report, you’ll find key characteristics of the medical practice professional working in ambulatory care settings today. From education and credentialing to emerging responsibilities and shifting practice trends, discover an illustrative look at the key personnel keeping medical practices going strong.
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When the AMA replaced 10 temporary category III codes with 14 permanent category I codes in 2019, providers generally — but not always — boosted their reporting of the replacement codes. The category III codes, also known as T codes, were carrier-priced, which means that each Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) decides whether it will cover the service and how much it will pay on a case-by-case basis. Permanent codes are usually assigned an active payment status.
Much like standard E/M office visits, lab tests and other services, separately reported postoperative patient encounters took a sharp dive in 2020 as practices grappled with the first wave of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).

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